Not entirely untraveled, Broken State gravitates towards the dark and gritty erratic beat, but also manages to evoke emotional sparks along the way.
Moods shift on “The Crypt,” a tantalizing eerie foray into classical glich’n bass. “Seek & Destroy,” “They’re Like Ants” and “Infernal Raver” expands and contracts its ricocheting beats, as Photek-inspired rhythms reveal a heavier smoldering bassline alongside swinging piano keys and rugged punch to-the-face dynamics. But how far does 6.9Hz go? Is there any more room in the field of drenched experimental drum and bass that this moniker is compelled to propel? There sure is, and Broken State does just that.
Evaporating preconceived notions that the Amen break hasn’t been overly used and abused, 6.9Hz replenishes it on “Tarantula” while theremin’esque ambulance tones and busted modular activity tear open. “Arc” is a tangent through extraterrestrial blips and bleeps—three minutes of heavily soaked percussion and a foggy blur. “Weightless” takes abstract glitch sound-design to all new levels and closes this 7-track extended player on the highest possible note. Not entirely untraveled, Broken State gravitates towards the dark and gritty erratic beat, but also manages to evoke emotional sparks along the way.
Broken State is available on Daddy Tank.